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Rachel Pollack
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15 Aug 2012
Renowned tarot author Rachel Pollack presents a new book that shares tarot's vast and wonderful storehouse of wisdom and secrets in a direct, accessible way. Not only will readers learn what each card signifies, but more importantly, they will discover how to look at a tarot card and find their own truth. Using this guide, even complete beginners can immediately begin to do tarot readings - yet the book's richness and depth will invite them back again and again to discover even greater levels of wisdom within its pages.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; Reprint edition (15 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738731900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738731902
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel Pollack is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on tarot. She has published twelve books on the topic, including 78 Degrees of Wisdom, considered a modern classic. A Tarot Grand Master, Pollack is a member of the American Tarot Association, the International Tarot Society, and the Tarot Guild of Australia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Compendium of 78 Degrees of Wisdom 19 Nov 2012
By GB
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This is a great book - it reminds me of a watered down version of 78 Degrees of Wisdom (by the same author).

It splits the tarot (as most books do) into Major and Minor Arcana and offers the usual explanations, however, one nice touch at the end of each Major Arcana section is a "reading" that you can do for each card, for example, it gives you a 6 card spread to ask how The Fool has influenced you in several ways ("How have I been a Fool in my life" and "What gifts does the Fool bring me" etc). The Author also discusses her system of splitting the Major Arcana into 3 sets of 7 cards - with the Fool at the beginning, showing the archetypal Fools Journey.

The Minor Arcana section has the theme of numbers spreading through it, for example "2" is about "balance" and "decision", 4 has the theme of "structure" and a description follows for each card.

Both the Minor Arcana and Major Arcana sections discuss the symbolism in each card, however, it is not as in-depth as "78 Degrees of Wisdom".

As is the custom these days the Court Cards have their own section and discussion which is good. The final chapter discusses readings and spreads such as a basic 2 card spread up to the celtic cross.

This is a fantastic book for the beginner and more experienced reader. Given the choice I would still chose "78 Degrees of Wisdom" over this book simply because it has more depth to it, however, the conciseness of this book makes it far more accessible to quickly read up a particular section or card.

This is a must for anyone who is interested in Tarot and is highly recommended - if you already have 78 Degrees of Wisdom I still think you will appreciate the concise nature of the book and the good layout as a quick way to get to the basics whilst still referring to 78 Degrees for more depth and discussion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST introduction to Tarot 10 Dec 2012
By EverM
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I've purchased a lot of Tarot guides aimed at beginners and as I'm slowly getting more comfortable with reading the cards I've started to rely more and more on one or two books for guidance (although, as Pollack points out, eventually it becomes about your own interpretation rather than only those in books). This is without doubt the best guide I've read, primarily because Pollack weaves a story with her descriptions of each card, rather than simply listing possible interpretations.

The book is split into an analysis of the Major Arcana and an analysis of the Minor Arcana. Although it may not seem that big of a book, Pollack packs in a lot of detail. She starts with a walk though each card of the Major Arcana, exploring not only the symbolism in each individual card but also the way the cards link together in telling the story of 'the Fool to enlightenment'. Pollack bases her analysis on the traditional Rider-Waite deck and includes a black and white picture of each card. I've found it helpful to go through my Universal Rider-Waite deck alongside the book, a card at a time, but she encourages you to approach learning the cards in whatever way suits you best. What I love about Pollack's approach is the easy way in which she writes and the attention to detail she pays when it comes to even the smallest symbol or colour in each card. I keep finding symbols and letters that I've never noticed before, and Pollack takes time to explain where each symbol derives from, rather than focusing solely on the possible interpretations of the cards. Her writing is concise yet sparks further ideas and considerations for future card readings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The new tarot handboek-Rachel Pollack 17 Jan 2013
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I like this book, it's down to earth, Nice and easy
to read for persons with knowledge of the
Tarot cards, and for lbeginners it's clear information is superb! It takes away superstitions about the Tarot ,prejudice . All In all a great book
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